January 03, 2021

: EV
: 10000

Nexon EV Journey 1:

A normal ride from Karunagappally to Ernakulam (onwards via Kottayam, return via Alappuzha)

Travel date: 26/12/2020

Total drive 318.7 km.
Onwards - 160.5 kms (100% to 27% - Avg 133Wh/km)

Tried to charge at ANERT charging station (Marine drive) but it replied with some error showing - (Charging stopped by the vehicle Err 306 Error noticed by EV)
Then reached palarivattam and charged using KSEB's charging station.

Charged from 27% to 100% (Some technicians were available and it's the first time I am charging up to 100% using a fast charger) within 1-1.25hrs.

Return - 158.1kms (100% to 33% - Avg 128Wh/km)

3 passengers (Father, Mother & Me). Overall average traffic and heavy traffic at Kundannoor. AC ON. Approximate 7-8 breaks/stops (including stops at charging point).

NB: These values can vary depending on driving nature, traffic, and terrain. I am just sharing my experiences. I will try to include my worst trips also.

Nexon EV Journey - 2:

A normal ride from Thevalakkara, Kollam to Aazhimala temple, Trivandrum.

Travel date: 27/12/2020

Total drive - 200.5+20.1=220.6 kms. (200.5 kms without charging consuming 83% (17% remaining))

Onwards - 109.7 kms (100% to 52% - Avg 114Wh/km)
The journey consists of steep climbs (for the last 5-10kms).

Return (to charging station) - 90.7 kms (52% to 17% - Avg 128Wh/km)

Charged from 17% to 95% in 1hr 21 min consuming 25.4 kWh(units). Details attached as an image (fast charging).

KSEB Fast Charging Station

Return (to home) - 20.1 kms (95% to 86% - Avg 123Wh/km)

3 passengers (Father, Mother & Me). AC ON. Approximate 4-5 breaks/stops (including stop at charging point).

We could have charged from Nemom, Trivandrum but decided to check the range without charging.

NB: These values can vary depending on driving nature, traffic and terrain. I am just sharing my experiences. I will try to include my worst trips also.

Nexon EV - Journey 3:

Normal ride from Thevalakkara, Kollam to Thiruvalla/Changanacherry

Travel date: 23/12/2020

Total drive - 152.9 kms. (Consuming 72% (28% remaining)) 

Approx 2.1 km per 1% of charge

Onwards - 60.9 kms (100% to 74% - Avg 129Wh/km) 

City drive - 25.3 kms (74% to 60% - Avg 137Wh/km)

Return (to home, via other locations) - 66.7 kms (60% to 28% - Avg 116Wh/km)

Charged from 28% to 100% using 24 units (Overnight charging - so charging duration unknown. Max. 10hrs)

1 passenger for onward and return. 2 passengers while city drive. AC ON. Approximate 11-15 breaks/stops.

NB: These values can vary depending on driving nature, traffic, and terrain. I am just sharing my experiences. I will try to include my worst trips also. Some graphs were not available due to unavailability (Since all these are manual reading, sometimes I forgot to start the recording/noting down the values).

- Manu M

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    Highly under rated performer :
    2 year ownership review of ford freestyle 

    Need to buy a new car Phase

     Beginning of 2018 is when we started thinking seriously to buy a car , and the intial thought was to TD tata tiago the hot budget hatch, back then
    since my maximum budget was 8 lakh and was looking for something strong and sturdy for the price and have heard some good reviews from one of my buddy who owned it so decided to go for a test drive .
    Test drive car was petrol, and truly speaking wasnt impressed at all



    by the interior fit and  quality especially the steering wheel controls and the power window buttons
    i was TDing a petrol engine and not sure if it was because of a test drive car the engine wasnt refined and it was pretty loud ,nvh levels were bad . i felt very crunched inside the cabin may be due to my height so decided to drop  tiago from the list

    Next up in the list was Grand I10 , and the showroom experience was entirely different from what it was in tata, as soon as we entered the showroom  sales advisor came in and asked about our requirements and budget and he recommended grand i10 sports variant with mindblowing cash discounts ???? There were hell lot of features for the amount you pay, was a vfm proposition if you see the build quality and features
    so quickly went for a test drive , felt like it was a decent car but only draw back was the steering feedback and handling , coming after driving a polo for couple of years ,the bat was set a bit high as far as handling and dynamics were concerned.
    It had all the safety features and blings like airbags , ebd , infotainment system with AA
    so i almoast decided to go with i10

    but things changed drastically when i saw an ad  
      next day  about a new car from ford it was a brownish coloured high GC hatchback with nice looks and looked like a pretty big car , and  it was ford freestyle  with ex showroom 5.59lks

     so contacted the nearest ford dealer which was fortune ford and booked a test drive next day , Sales executive came with a petrol variant and i went for the TD

    things that striked me during the TD were
     • Very ligh short travel clutch
     • High seating postion due the GC may be 
     • Nice responsive steering wheel

    All in all me and my wife loved the car especially the feel you get when you drive it , driving dynamics was top notch , i did go for a long distance TD :D

    i was only sceptical about the maintenance cost as the little birds used to say that ford maintainence was at par with the germans , but the sales executive cleared the doubts and he told that gone are those days when ford was only an ameeron wala car , and he insisted me to go through that really cleard all my doubts :) So i enquired  for a PDI before i make the payment and they agreed and took me to the stock yard in the outer limits of the city and i got a chance to choose my car  :) and i went for a Canyon ridge Titanium petrol variant :D

    Just delivered!! : 

    On sept 14 2018 , was the day the beauty was delivered to us and it coincided with our marriage anniversary as well, got the key from Mr.Naresh (sales executive from Fortune ford hyderabad ) And i did give a small gift as a token of appreciation for all the soeedy service he did for us
    So finally we got our ford freestyle titanium Petrol variant after 4 months of extensive research on several cars .

    Pros of the car
    There isnt a perfect car , there will always be pros and cons and they are.  

    1.The USP of freedtyle is its driving dynamics offcourse and it is comparable  with VW/Fiat
    it will surely bring a smile on your face when you do a tight cornering :)

    2.New 1.2 l dragon engine , 1.2l three cylinder engine is one of the   most powerful and refined  engine in the segment 

    3.Back seat passenger comfort

    Back seat is pretty spacious and have good thigh support and knee room, 3 passengers of average build can easily sit and travel comfortably and no complaints whatsoever

    4 Driving Comfort

    Peppy and enthusiastic drives on highways due to fords dna and top notch de ving dynamics is clearly evident  , i have the car in hyderabad and have done couple of long drives clocking 950+ kms one side to my hometown  Thalassery,Kannur , and i can clearly say that its  a no nonsense car.

    5.Fuel Consumption:

    Average mileage figures are pretty decent for a car of such weight (kerb weight is  1031kg) best figures i have got till date is 21kmpl using tankfull to tankfull calculation for a journey of 950kms. usual city mileage is around 13 in hyderabad traffic and highways average is around 19.

    6. Annual maintenance cost: 
    There is a misconceprion about ford vehicles , that the maintenance costs are sjy high and its very difficult to maintain a ford car , yesh its true that there was a time in the past when the maintainence cost was cery high , but now that has changed a lot and its pretty cheap now cheaper than the "major" brand 
    i had two major service during these 2 years and a free checkup at 2500km

    1. 10000km or 1year 
    Total cost 1500
    2. 20000km or 2 year
    total cost 4000

    maintainence cost details can be checked at amnd you dint have to pay anything more than that abd thats promise from ford to its customers.
    The service exoerience at Fortune ford hyderabad and Malayalam Ford kannur were top notch :)

    Ford has given high importance to safety features,  TCS, EBD HLA,dual airbags(6 air bags available in Top variant) are available   Anti rollover protection (ARP)  is also available and this means that the chances of the car turning "turtle" is very less. 


    1. Interior could have been better , during  2018  it was pretty upscale and new but now comparatively its feeling   outdated 

    2.Headlights , the power and throw of the headlights are pretty low  and its a nightmare to drive at nights especially if its raining

    3.Suspension stiffness 
    Since the ground clearance is high the suspension is set to be stiff , so driving through small potholes and humps may be felt and there is a thud sound 

    4.Boot space
    Boot space is  less when compared to other cars in the segment thats mainly due to the increased legroom in the backseat

    5.Cruise control and arm rest 
    Personally one of the biggest miss was cruise control , which is necessary for highway drives , and an armrest

    these are the process s and cons i felt.

    Long Drives till date

     • Hyderabad to Hampi
     • Hyderabad to Bangalore
     • Hyderabad to Kannur
     • Kannur to Kochi

    All in all im pretry happy nad content with the purchase of ford freestyle and if anyone looking for a car with in 9lakh budget then this is one of the eligible candidate for a test drive 

    this one is indeed an "Highly under rated performer "

    - Manas Chandran

    Hi, I own Ford Figo BS6 2020 Titanium named KANTHAKA. Having the hatchback is not the great one but having figo beast is much great one. Driving performance is smooth and handling is much smooth. can drive threw traffic in short gaps are easy. Visibility from the cockpit is clear.petrol average economy around 16.5 for my car at highways and 14 on traffics with AC. In highways stability become very good bcoz of it weight and tyre size provided in this variant. Headlight visibility at night need to improvise can't see the road if an vehicle with higher height approach



    on your front or even on back.its much better it has rear view parking camera which is absent on this one. But for the price we paid on Ford they provide a good vehicle with ride safety, quality, comfort, and economy without fail.

    - Kalyana Booshnam

    Before chosing a car I gathered my need which listed below.
    1. Build Quality.
    2. Driving Dynamics.
    3. Good Mileage.
    4. Decent Ground clearance.
    5. Engine Quality and Life.
    6. Look wise(Kind of Off Road Vehicle).
    7. Horse Power b/w 80-100bhp.
    8. Stability.
    9. Feature loaded.
    10. Less Maintenance.
    11. Should be a top end (Because I don't like to spend money for the features if I buy low end or mid end)

    Strictly made a full stop for price range, should be below 10L as I am from budget family. 
    *Note:* Omitted Sedans like Honda Amaze, Swift dZire, VW Ameo,



    Hyundai Aura, Aspire and Xcent because according to current statistics, this decade of most Indian buyers buying thought changed to Hatchbacks and Sub 4 metre SUV's. My thought too!

    In the start of 2019, I started analysing the Drivability of each car in Indian Market under 10L. Test driven the cars, read number of user reviews about each cars, watched huge youtube videos and noted down disadvantages & advantages of each car. Finally, Chosen two to three cars under each brand.

    Starting from Maruti and Nexa!
    Many of my surroundings adviced to go with Swift. Enthusiast like me never like Swift and Baleno. 
    Where it failed in my needs ? 
    If I press the bonnet with my thumb, it's going inside. I don't like to mention about build quality because Maruti claiming its coming under light weight strong comb structure.
    Coming to Driving dynamics and Stability, I didn't feel confidence in 140 (at Shoulding roads) where I felt strong confidence in i20, Polo and Figo. These cars where so stable while comparing swift and baleno. I got the tick marks only in Maintenance, Mileage and Resale value. 
    *Omitted Swift and Baleno*

    Coming to VW Polo!
    I would like to say it's a bureau. Very strong comb structure. Great look and sporty car.
    Good engine and performance car.
    Where it failed in my needs ?
    Ground clearance and Maintenance. Many of them have complained about ground clearance of the car with four people loaded. I have personally driven the polo from Bangalore to Goa with friends where I faced the same issue.
    Considering the cost of parts, its costlier and mostly VW service centre will advice us to change whole assembly of the mechanical parts incase of any single part issue in the same assembly.
    *Omitted Polo*

    Coming to Hyundai!
    i20. It is an awesome and Stylish car. Personally driven i20 many kilometres as my cousin own it. Almost every check box of my need got checked. When comparing the Driving dynamics and Power, Figo and Freestyle wins. Unfortunately they stopped Diesel engine in BS6, plus I don't like to shift 6 gears in Indian roads, I felt hectic sometimes.
    *Omitted i20*

    Coming to TATA!
    Tiago, Tigor, Altroz.
    Highlight of the above tata cars that I love to mention is Build Quality, Harmann Infotainment System and Features.
    The major missing of the petrol car is Engine power and pickup. I felt the lag during overtaking from lowspeed.
    When accelerating, vehicle should obey according to our mindset but in Tata petrol cars, we should change our mindset according to vehicle's pulling. (In need of turbo petrol here - Coming soon)
    Both Petrol and Diesel is underpowered while comparing i20, FS, Figo & Polo GT
    But Nexon Petrol and Diesel is a beast here with 120 & 110 PS. Petrol gives low mileage figure & Diesel is decent one. 
    Nexon is out due to my budget, soo
    *Omitted TATA*

    Coming to Honda!
    Jazz is good vehicle but I haven't kept any choice in Honda.
    *Thus omitted!*

    Coming to Skoda!
    Performance car and high maintenance!
    Out of my budget..!

    Finally FORD!
    Test driven both Figo Diesel and Freestyle Petrol. What a driving dynamics yaar, it's a rocket. Peppy performance. Fun to drive car. When accelerating it is pulling like anything where i20 lost from my buying list. When comparing i20 and Altroz features, FS and Figo stands last. Still I went for ford due to pure performance and driving dynamics of the car. It almost blurred the whole lists in the category. One thing I need to highlight about FS is Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Control, Anti Roll Over Protection, Hill assist, 190mm Ground Clearance with 6 airbags. What else you expect under 10L ?
    TDCi is a beast in both Performance and Mileage. No fear about under chase hit in Indian roads. Most of the people thinking ford maintenance is higher but it is very lower while comparing competitors.
    Almost digged for an year to chose a perfect vehicle that suits my Enthusiastic taste!

    Experts said me to go with Feature loaded car or good resale value car but I had other idea. 

    Choosing a suitable car *varies* with respect to the need of an individual person! Thus added *Ford Freestyle Titanium Plus Diesel* in my garage and perfectly matching with my Palm & Foot play. Ford Impressed me??

    - Vivek Sivas